Faculty members and students interested in common career activities are grouped into academic colleges based on differing approaches to clinical reasoning and diagnostic approaches. Medical students select one of five colleges during the latter part of their third year based on career interest or enrollment in special programs. The colleges are designed to:
College activities include an introductory course focused on advanced clinical skills and decision making, a monthly series of evening seminars, a longitudinal academic activity that can be either teaching or scholarship, and regular advisory meetings.
Academic Medicine College - The mission of the Academic Medicine College is to develop an individualized educational pathway for those students who are considering a career in subspecialty Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Pathology; or for students who have remained actively engaged in research, enjoyed their STTP summer research project but have not had a chance to continue, or who are considering some type of academic career involving research and teaching. Members of this college includes all specialties; including surgical specialties, with a focus on academic.
Acute Care College - The Acute Care College focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to make rapid decisions on acutely ill patients with a focus on the clinical correlation of physiology, anatomy, and pharmacology to acute care. The curriculum consists of the week long Foundations Course at the beginning of the senior year and the year long Transition to Internship Course, consisting of monthly meetings that address didactic sessions focusing on acute management, career preparation seminars, and physician well-being and life strategies after medical school. Typical careers represented by this college are anesthesiology, emergency medicine, adult critical care (cardiology, pulmonary medicine, and hospitalists) and Pediatric Critical Care (cardiology and neonatology).
Applied Anatomy College - The mission of the Applied Anatomy College is to develop the knowledge and skills to support a career choice in those specialties in which expertise in anatomy is critical. The typical careers represented by this college are surgery and the surgical subspecialties (i.e. general, gynecology, head & neck, neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, plastics, thoracic, urology and vascular), radiology, radiation oncology, and pathology. The unifying theme is anatomical implications in medical practice. Through organized activities, including personal advising, counseling, and career preparation seminars, the Applied Anatomy College will create a meaningful adjunctive program for the medical school for its fourth-year students.
Primary Care College - The Primary Care College's mission is to nurture the development of students who are considering a career in primary care as well as those who want a solid foundation in generalist medicine. members of the Primary Care College include, but are not limited to, those with interests in general internal medicine, general pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatry. As a part of the College, the faculty provide intensive mentoring for the students applying for their residency positions opportunities in community and service-learning activities, international experiences including travel stipends, exposure to public health and public policy, and mentoring on research and other scholarly projects during the fourth year in preparation for Scholarship Day.
Drew Urban Underserved College-- The mission of the Urban Underserved College is to provide excellent didactic and practical training and career counseling for individuals interested in serving urban, underserved populations. Students enrolled in the College also complete a longitudinal research thesis project. While the overall theme of the thesis project is to eliminate health care disparities, students have a wide latitude to choose research projects and mentors across a spectrum of specialties with application to underserved communities. The fourth-year medical students present their research thesis results at the Annual Medical Student Research Colloquium. College activities include clinical skills workshops, mentorship support programs dinner seminars, and community service.
All senior students are required to complete a three-week, 400 level Intensive Care Unit rotation and pass a simulation and written assessment at the end of the three weeks.